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September 22, 2021
Dana Spiotta’s Political Fiction
In her new novel,
Spiotta offers an intricate portrait of how one woman experienced the uncertain days and months after Trump’s election.
September 16, 2021
The Climate Apocalypse According to Joy Williams
With her first novel in 20 years,
, the radical environmentalist envisions an uncompromising politics necessary for defending the natural world.
September 13, 2021
Adalbert Stifter’s Disappearing World
His uncanny writing bears witness to the early stages of capitalism offering a glimpse of the natural world before modernity.
September 9, 2021
Scam the Rich: A Conversation With Novelist Marlowe Granados
On her new novel
, con artists, and fiction that embraces joy.
August 3, 2021
The Fiction of Meaningful Work
Kikuko Tsumura’s new novel examines what unites jobs good or bad: the stories we tell ourselves to cope with how much toil sucks in the first place.
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July 20, 2021
Jeremy Cooper’s Art of Ambiguities
His epistolary novel
Bolt From the Blu
e is a sort of
about artistic inspiration, parenthood, and the frustrations of interpretation.
July 16, 2021
The Novel Solutions of Utopian Fiction
Climate catastrophe has transformed a minor literary genre into an important tool of human thought.
Kim Stanley Robinson
July 16, 2021
Which Is the More Prescient Dystopia? ‘Gattaca’ or ‘Parable of the Sower’
Is it the 1997 film starring Ethan Hawke or is it Octavia E. Butler’s 1993 novel?
David M. Perry
July 15, 2021
Can a Novel Capture the Tensions of Recent Queer History?
An assimilationist and a liberationist play cat-and-mouse in Zak Salih’s debut novel
Let’s Get Back to the Party
July 13, 2021
Brandon Taylor’s Potlucks and Parties
In his new collection of short stories, the Booker-Prize nominated novelist explores the desires and discontents of people living in small university towns.